6 Big Names the Islanders Could Trade for to Turn Their Season Around

Christopher Benini@@TheRealCBeniniContributor IDecember 13, 2011

6 Big Names the Islanders Could Trade for to Turn Their Season Around

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    With the lack of the Islanders' scoring and early-season struggles, one can only wonder if the Islanders will make a move to help out their production. The Islanders can not really afford to wait on these prospects as they need to get as much fan support as possible in order for support of a new arena as the lease on the Nassau Coliseum expires in 2015.

    The Islanders now have a very deep pool of NHL-caliber prospects and enough players where they can reel in a big fish with a trade and have an opportunity to make this team have a prolific offense. One can only wonder though if Snow will pull the trigger on a trade.

    So who are the top candidates to be on the move who can make a major impact for the Islanders?

Alexander Semin

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    Alexander Semin is a splendid trade candidate for the New York Islanders. He would be a great fit on the first line alongside John Tavares and Matt Moulson. Semin is in a contract year and has had three 70-plus-point years with the Capitals.

    The downside to Semin is he has practically been invisible in the playoffs for the Caps. He has struggled this year but maybe a trade to Long Island can reverse his fortunes.

Bobby Ryan

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    At one point or another, Bobby Ryan has been rumored to be traded to every team in the NHL this season, so we may as well say he is a great target for the Islanders. It is very highly unlikely but we should dream big, right?

    Ryan is an elite forward in this league and Garth Snow somehow worked his magic and was able to acquire him, Tavares would finally have a top notch linemate and the Islanders may be legitimate again.

Eric Staal

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    We shift from wingers to a center. The face of the Carolina Hurricanes, Eric Staal could also be on the move and a great target for the Islanders. Staal would either play on the second line or possibly force Tavares to the second line.

    He is an elite center in this league and would likely propel a team like the Isles to at least a playoff contender. However, Staal is unlikely to go anywhere as he is under contract with Carolina until 2016.

Jerome Iginla

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    And we are back to wingers. Speaking of faces of a franchise, Jerome Iginla without a doubt is the face of the Calgary Flames franchise. He has been rumored to be traded all season.

    He has been a model of consistency and has not scored under 60 points since the 1998-1999 season. Although he has gotten hot again after a slow start and even though he has played his entire career in Calgary, the Flames may look to move him as what they've been doing clearly hasn't been working in Calgary.

Zach Parise

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    Zach Parise, another star forward, would be another wonderful fit with the Islanders. The theme of the story is to acquire a top-notch winger to play alongside John Tavares and Parise would be no different.

    The Devils offense has struggled all season and they may be going through somewhat of a transition phase. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, and after Ilya Kovalchuk signed a lucrative contract with the Devils, Parise will be a tough re-sign in the offseason.

Erik Johnson

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    Erik Johnson would be a fantastic fit for the New York Islanders. The Isles could use another puck moving defenseman that could help out on the power play. The former first overall pick has not lived up to his potential thus far and has been a major disappointment for the Colorado Avalanche.

    A Johnson/Kyle Okposo swap could be a good fit for this team. With the emergence of Stefan Elliot for the Avs, they have seven healthy defenseman meaning Johnson could be traded. Johnson may just need another change of scenery and a fresh start and maybe a trade to the Islanders is just what he may need.